Oncology Pharmacy

Kenton Cooksey, PharmD and Ashlyn Whitesell, PharmD

2023-2024 PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residents

General Description

The University of MIchigan Health PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency is designed to provide residents with a diverse set of experiences in hematology/oncology, while allowing collaboration with top experts at an NCCN-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. The program will challenge residents to develop high-level clinical and literature evaluation skills through a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient experiences. The strong affiliation with the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy allows residents to hone educational skills through didactic lectures, round table discussions, and precepting of fellows, residents, students. Residents will become experts in academic performance through completion of high-level research and writing endeavors throughout the year. The program also affords the opportunity to work with experts in oncology practice management and design of unique services. Upon completion of the program, residents will be among the leaders and best in hematology/oncology practice, poised to secure a specialized pharmacist position in hematology/oncology. 

Minimum qualifications include graduation from an accredited college of pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completion of a PGY1 residency or equivalent experience.


Recruitment Plan 2024-2025

Thank you for your interest in the PGY2 Oncology Residency Program! We have early committed these positions, thus will not be recruiting this year. 




Program Structure


Rotation Experiences are tailored according to resident interests in conjunction with the residency program director and coordinator in July. 




Required Rotations




Block Rotations


Orientation (July)


Adult Inpatient Hematology


Inpatient Bone Marrow Transplant (Adult or Pediatrics)


Pediatric Inpatient Hematology/Oncology


Ambulatory Oncology Blue (GI/GU/Lung)


Ambulatory Oncology Gold (GYO/Melanoma/Breast)


Oncology Administration (Minimum 2 Weeks)




Longitudinal Rotations


Outpatient Disease-Based Clinic (2 semesters)


  • Multiple options available, including lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, BMT, gyn-onc, melanoma, breast cancer, head & neck cancer, GU cancer, GI cancer, sarcoma, lung cancer, and oral chemotherapy  






Elective Rotations


Inpatient Medical Oncology Service


Hematology Consult Service 


Malignant Hematology PA Service


Ambulatory Hematology Clinics


  • Maize Clinics (lymphoma/myeloma), Leukemia Clinic, and/or BMT Clinic


Infectious Diseases (Immunocompromised Service)




Medical Intensive Care Unit


Palliative Care Service




Staffing Responsibility


Rogel Cancer Center Infusion staffing (1 weekend (2 shifts) per month: Friday evening, Saturday day)






Residents will be required to work two holiday blocks (one minor; one major)




Research and Publications Opportunity


Design and completion of research project is required


Completion of a writing project (review article or secondary research project) suitable for publication is required


Four major oral presentations:


  • Research protocol
  • Writing project (CE lecture)
  • Research project results at Great Lakes residency conference
  • Research project results to pharmacy department


Core topic presentations to hematology/oncology preceptor group every month


Residents will present one or more posters at the HOPA Annual Conference if funding is available




Teaching Opportunity


Residents may serve as a preceptor for pharmacy students on rotation.


Teaching at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy is required. 


Residents are expected to attend each class session, facilitate discussion of pharmacy students, effectively manage classrooms, understand classwork and curriculum development, and assist in grading/evaluating students. In certain classes, residents are expected to give didactic lectures on various topics. Throughout the year, residents will be expected to gain confidence in teaching methods and take a larger role in facilitating class discussions. By the end of the year, residents should be able to manage a classroom independently. 




Other Requirements/Information


Wellness goals: residents will be asked to identify a goal to help promote their well-being throughout the residency year and attend wellness activities offered by the Residency Wellness Committee


Professional service on a professional committee (local, state or national) is required


Participation in the Midyear Clinical Meeting and HOPA Annual Conference (when applicable)


Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference and resident trip to observe practice at other hospitals (when applicable)




Residency Director Information


Program Director: Allison Schepers, PharmD, BCOP



Program Coordinator: Madeleine Ochs, PharmD, BCOP





Iman Ahmed, PharmD, BCOP


Ambulatory Hematology




Sam Aitken, PharmD, MPH, BCIDP


Immunocompromised Infectious Diseases




Lydia Benitez, PharmD, BCOP


Adult Ambulatory Leukemia




Julia Brown, PharmD


Pediatric Hematology/Oncology




Catherine Christen, PharmD






Katie Eschenburg, PharmD


Ambulatory Oncology Infusion




Tate Feeney, PharmD, BCOP


Ambulatory Bone Marrow Transplant




Martina Fraga, PharmD


Inpatient Hematology/Oncology




David Frame, PharmD


Ambulatory Bone Marrow Transplant & Immuno-Hematology




Hannah Hammoud, PharmD


Pediatric Hematology




Madeleine King, PharmD


Pediatric Hematology/Oncology




Shawna Kraft, PharmD, BCOP


Ambulatory Oncology 




Alanna Lehman, PharmD, BCOP


Adult Inpatient Oncology




Emily Mackler, PharmD, BCOP


Director - Clinical Quality Initiatives Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium (MOQC)




Bernard Marini, PharmD, BCOP


Adult Inpatient Hematology




Denise Markstrom, PharmD


Inpatient Bone Marrow Transplant




Rachel McDevitt, PharmD, BCOP


Ambulatory Oncology




Victoria Nachar, PharmD, BCOP


Ambulatory Hematology/Oncology




Madeleine Ochs, PharmD, BCOP


Inpatient Hematology Consults




Anthony Perissinotti, PharmD, BCOP


Adult Inpatient Hematology




Kim Redic, PharmD


Research Pharmacy




Gianni Scappaticci, PharmD, BCOP


Inpatient Bone Marrow Transplant




Allison Schepers, PharmD, BCOP


Ambulatory Oncology




Prabha Vogel, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS


Oncology Administration




Gina Widmer, PharmD


Ambulatory Oral Oncolytic Program






Please check out the F.A.Q. for application deadlines and interview dates.